Philip John Stead
|Birth||5 February 1915, Swinton, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom|
|Death||22 June 2005, South Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA (aged 90 years)|
Philip John Stead OBE, FRSL (5 February 1915 - 22 June 2005), was an English criminologist, author, literary critic, translator and poet. After retirement in the United Kingdom, he emigrated to New York and then Massachusetts.
Stead was born in Swinton, South Yorkshire in 1915 and was educated at Oxford University. Moving to London, he became a member of The Critics' Circle. During World War II, he served in the British Army in North Africa, Italy, France, Belgium and Germany. In 1946, he was demobilised with the rank of Captain. In 1947, he married Judith Irene Freeder and lived in Kensington. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1950 and was appointed to the National Police College at Bramshill House in 1953. In 1966 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 1971 he took sabbatical leave to teach at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York.
When he retired from Bramshill in 1974, Stead returned to John Jay College as professor of police studies and was appointed dean of graduate studies. He emigrated to Manhattan with his wife and worked with the police section of the UN Convention on the Prevention of Crime. He finally retired in 1982 and moved to Hyannis, Massachusetts and then South Yarmouth where he wrote poetry and took up amateur dramatics. He died there on 22 June 2005, aged 89 years.